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  1. Last weekend I covered a model sailplane event using my new RX10mIV at up to 1200mm equivalent (Clear image zoom). Here is an example
  2. Hi Pieter Thanks for your encouragement. I took a lot of family pics with the rx10 over Thanksgiving. They were all OK to very good, especially of my son's large chocolate lab puppy.
  3. Since my reply on July 28, I have done well financially and purchased (GAS) a Sony RX10MIV. So far, I am amazed by the clarity and sharpness of the Zeiss zoomer even when using "clear image zoom" out to 1200mm(35mm equivalent). This feature (CLIZ), when enabled, works seamlessly with the electronic zoom control. On the other hand, with CLIZ on my A6500 and 70-300 lens, you get only one multiplicative setting, because the lens doesn't have electronic zoom. In addition, another feature of the RX10MIV is the high speed zoom reversal custom button which is amazing when you suddenly lose track of the target and need a wider view to find it. So now I have three cameras, all good, and probably 2 lenses I don't need. I have several model airplane events coming up which I will cover for my club newsletter. I will display some RX10MIV images starting in the next 2 weeks.
  4. Complete change of approach to achieving a good long zoom using the A6500.!!!!!! After reviewing many alternatives, I have settled on buying the Sony FE 70-300 G lens for long zoom for the following reasons: 1. I can get the following 35 mm equivalent focal lengths first with optical zoom 100 to 450mm of exquisitely sharp raw images and second with "Clear Image" digital zoom 200 to 900 mm of adequately sharp jpeg images. 2. The combined image stabilization (6500 body and 70-300 lens) is so effective that hand-held photography is easy. I have only had the lens for two days, so I don't have any showoff images yet. So look forward to seeing some in the next week.
  5. The similarity of controls and performance of the Rx10m4 overcame my resistance to the expense of a new camera. Actually the Rx10m4 is a lot cheaper than the new 200-600 zoomer and much lighter.
  6. Hi cymmgarcia, I really like your recommendation about the RX10IV. I have two questions for you. 1. Are the menus and controls similar to the 6500? and 2. Is the external flash operation the same as the 6500? Regarding question 1 , for example, does the RX10IV have the "FN" button like the 6500?
  7. That price is way beyond of my means. I am sure that something much cheaper would be a good seller.
  8. Hi Satman, You said "Hopefully, when released these will be easier to get then the 400mm f/2.8 GM. " What did you mean? More affordable?. Plentiful(not scarce)? I have been saving my pennies for months waiting for a fully compatible long reach lens for my a6500.
  9. Hi Pieter, Thanks for your input! I guess I'll just wait for a few months and see what develops. Meanwhile I am using the Olympus 1.7 extender on the front of a Sony 55-210 zoom lens. This rig yields about 535mm for equivalent 35mm, and the 6500 focuses well and quickly in bright daylight.
  10. It seems that you may be ignoring that the 400+mm lens I want is for an aps-c sensor, so the glass should be smaller in diameter and therefore lighter.
  11. I have given up on adapting alien lenses to my 6500 camera. So I really need a light weight, full functioning autofocus 400+mm Sony e mount lens for the 6500. I know that Sony does not yet sell any such lens. Sony has an e-mount FE series lens for full frame sensors which will work with the 6500 but weighs too much and does not have enough reach (300mm). There were some rumors that new lenses were coming out this spring. Does anyone have any inside information on what might become available in the next few months?
  12. I have been looking for a long lens, say 400+ mm (35mm equivalent 600mm) that doesn't weigh more than 1kg(2.2 lbs). Sony doesn't make one like that. So, I look at adaptors and off-brand lenses with no knowledge of which combinations will actually work well. By work well, I mean auto-focus quickly with correct exposure and provide the functionality of the 6500. Where can I find information about such combos if they even exist?
  13. Hey, Just google Olympus 1.7 teleconverter. Lens screws to front of 55-210 kit lens with a dual thread adaptor.
  14. I decided to try out the steadying gimic on Sunday, jan. 27. It did help a lot, but I discovered that in bright daylight, major improvement in sharpness could be achieved with higher shutter speed. The example below was taken in slow burst mode with shutter priority 1/2000 sec.. Note that the propellers are not fully blurred (preferable) but (hurray) the airplane focus is sharp. Other vitals include A6500 body, 55-210 kit lens, Olympus 1.7 extender, center focus and bright sunlight. (I wanted to show more examples so look at my website after the Jet rally February 17) www.desert-view.smugmug.com
  15. I have looked up the product that supports and steadies the camera. It can be viewed at https://www.simaproducts.com/collections/camera-photography-accessories/products/sima-videoprop-neck-strap-support-for-dslr-svp-3 I will be experimenting with this neck strap gimic on 2/14-2/16 2019 at our annual RC jet rally. If interested in seeing gorgeous turbine-powered, 200 mph jet models and sharpening your panning skill see the club website www.cvrcclub.com for directions.
  16. I will experiment with the above mentioned support, and let you know how it works.
  17. Thanks so much for your sage replies. After a day (Sunday) of trying to hand- hold burst-shoot warbird RC model planes(over 1000 raw frames), I came out with quite a good batch of shots. I think the best of my attempts resulted from holding the camera steadier during the pan. The lens I used is a 55-210 Sony kit with an Olympus 1.7 extender on a A6500. Some pictures used a Sony 18-200 zoomer. I will post some images later. My conclusion is that to improve my results, I should follow what videographers do. They steady the camera using a support attached to their torso. Its like a third arm holding the camera at just the right location relative your eye.
  18. Hi Tinplater, Thanks for your response. I hope that sony or somebody will come out with a native emount zoom lens with perhaps (50-400mm)that doesn't cost $2400. An f5.6-f8 aperature range would probably do ok.
  19. I am considering buying a used Minolta 100-400 zoom lens for my a6500 for photographing high speed RC model aircraft. This of course would require the sony a mount to emount adaptor. Has anyone tried this lens. I have seen reviews that said it was adequately sharp on Minolta cameras, but will it focus quickly on the sony aps-c camera? Does the apaptor work correctly with this lens. Is the combination sharp? I own sony 18-200 and 55-210, but neither of these have enough reach for model airplanes. I think 400 mm might be long enough and perhaps controllable(hand held).
  20. I have seen this happen with other electronic equipment which malfunctioned when exposed to higher temperature after being soaked at cold. The trick is to expose the equipment to higher temperature but dry environment for a while before venturing into the heat. An example the wrong thing to do would be to travel to a warm humid place with the camera equipment stowed inside your air-conditioned car. A better approach would be to stow the camera in the non-airconditioned car trunk.
  21. Thanks for your reply. Of course this will be an experiment, and I will report my conclusions.
  22. I plan to try "Center lock-on autofocus" setting for photographing fast radio-controlled model airplanes. Does anyone have experience with this setting and willing to share some pointers?
  23. I have abandoned the use of digital zoom and I am using the 55-210 Sony emount lens plus the Olympus 1.7 extender for long zoom work. The settings for this configuration are center focus area and "DMF" focus mode. This allows some refinement of the focus using the focus ring. This works ok for slow targets but is problematic for fast targets. One possible solution is to fine tune the focus; however, the 6500 will not permit the use of focus fine tuning for this emount lens, claiming the feature is intended for "A" mount lenses with adaptors. I wonder if sony's own lens doublers, magnifiers and extenders used with the 55-210 lens would get permission to fine tune focus??? Perhaps there is a way to override this setting somehow. I think Sony could answer this; how do I address them directly?
  24. The 6300 and 6500 are snug because they resist moisture and dust better than 6000.
  25. I have been trying to learn how to use both clear image zoom and digital zoom on my a6500. I have found that the small center focus area automatically changes to full screen with zoom on. This makes it difficult to track and focus in on small, mobile critters, because in burst mode the focus sometimes drifts off the critter and homes in background objects.🙄Any suggestions on how to stay focused with the 6500 zoom feature.
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